Tonight, the Chicago Bulls will be undermanned once again. This win-or-go-home Game 5 in Miami will be played without the usual three players. Two will be seated on the bench.
Derrick Rose, who is not expected to play, and Kirk Hinrich, who has been seen on the treadmill and shooting around in practice but still struggles with a badly bruised calf, are “most likely” out, according to Bulls Coach Tom Thibodeau.
Luol Deng did not make the trip to Miami and is recovering in Chicago following complications related to a spinal tap, according to CSNChicago’s Aggrey Sam.
None of these players have played during Round 2, and the Miami Heat enjoy a 3-1 series lead.
Fans would love to see the Bulls return to their Game 1 form in Miami, when the Bulls miraculously beat the reigning champs on their own court 98-86. This, however, is a long shot. Following Monday’s Game 4 loss, Bulls forward Taj Gibson lamented to reporters that at this time in the season “We’re always undermanned and have to put forth a lot of energy to make up for bodies we don’t have.”
An elimination game for the Bulls is staring them in the face. But don’t forget, the Bulls were facing elimination in Round 1 against the Brooklyn Nets and they won that Game 7, 99-93. It could happen again.
Bulls fans know that we never count them out until that lady sings, and she is nowhere in sight.